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Reprisal (Fascist Crimes Against the People)

A work made of color lithograph on off-white wove paper.

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  • A work made of color lithograph on off-white wove paper.

Date:

1943

Artist:

Eleanor Coen
American, 1916-2010

About this artwork

Eleanor Coen and her companion Max Kahn were the first Chicago based artists to collaborate extensively with the Taller de Gráfica Popular. Working in 1942 as guest artists in the collective’s Mexican workshop, they established lifelong friendships and became important links between the artistic worlds of Chicago and Mexico City. Prints like Reprisal show the impact of Coen’s time at the Taller, especially the introduction of overtly violent and political subjects and the sharpening of social commentary during the war years. This lithograph is part of a series of nearly a dozen such works, some with antifascist or Mexican themes. Although an inscription indicates that the print portrays a “fascist crime,” neither the location nor the violent event is specified in the composition itself, suggesting that the work can be read as a larger meditation on human violence of the era.

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Eleanor Coen y su prometido, Max Kahn, fueron los primeros artistas de Chicago en colaborar ampliamente con el Taller de Gráfica Popular. Al trabajar en 1942 como artistas huéspedes en el taller, llegaron a establecer amistades duraderas con sus miembros y se convirtieron en un vínculo importante entre los mundos del arte de Chicago y de la Ciudad de México. Grabados como Represalia muestran el impacto que tuvo sobre Coen el tiempo que pasó en el Taller, especialmente para la presentación de temas abiertamente violentos y políticos, así como para el comentario social agudo durante los años de la guerra. Esta litografía forma parte de una serie de casi 12 trabajos, algunos sobre temas antifascistas o mexicanos. Aunque una inscripción indica que el grabado muestra un “crimen fascista”, en la composición no se especifica ni la ubicación ni el acontecimiento violento, lo cual sugiere que la obra puede leerse como una reflexión más general sobre la violencia de la época.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Eleanor Coen

Title

Reprisal (Fascist Crimes Against the People)

Origin

United States

Date

1943

Medium

Color lithograph on off-white wove paper

Dimensions

270 × 379 mm (image); 292 × 406 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

John H. Wrenn Memorial Fund

Reference Number

2014.584

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